Will Durst hosts a lively evening of wordplay, repartee, and quips as two teams of Bay Area poets duke it out using words to edge out their competition. There are no rules as a panel of judges, including Brian Murphy (KNBR's "Murph & Mac") scores each performance, and the winning team takes the series title. You don't have to like poetry or baseball to enjoy this animated and quirky program.
BIOS Emcee Will Durst is a nationally acclaimed syndicated columnist who has released five CDs, written three books, and is sworn enemy to all dictators foreign and domestic.
Judges Brian Murphy hosts the popular "Murph and Mac" morning radio show on KNBR and is a golf columnist for Yahoo! Sports. From 2001-2004 he was the national golf writer at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Dean Rader's Works & Days won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His most recent book, Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn) was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the best poetry books of 2013.
Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.
Players Heather Altfeld's recent poetry publications include Narrative Magazine, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, ZYZZYVA, Sow's Ear Review, Greensboro Review, Jewish Currents, Laurel Review, and The New Guard. She has completed her first book and is working on a second.
Rebecca Foust is the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place. Her books include God, Seed and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song. New poems are in the Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Sewanee Review, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere.
Amy Glynn's book A Modern Herbal was released by Measure Press in 2013. She has been a James Merrill House Fellow and won the 2014 Spur Award from the Western Writers Association. She lives in the East Bay.
Judy Halebsky's book of poems, Sky=Empty, won the New Issues Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. The MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Japanese Ministry of Culture have supported her work. She lives in Oakland and teaches at Dominican University.
Troy Jollimore is the author of At Lake Scugog and Tom Thomson in Purgatory. His awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Robert Thomas' new book of fiction, Bridge, will be published by BOA Editions in October 2014. He has published two books of poetry: Door to Door, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the Poets Out Loud Prize, and Dragging the Lake.
Timekeeper & First Player Alternate Roy Mash is a longtime board member of the Marin Poetry Center. Currently a regular in the movie of his life, his character's primary occupation is to doodle his days away while staring out of café windows. His book, Buyer's Remorse, came out in 2014.
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